THE BLOG
03/12/2008 06:08 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Clinton's Mississippi Republicans

My National Journal column, which looks at the Republicans who turned out to support Hillary Clinton in Mississippi is now posted online. It includes some exit poll numbers, courtesy of Sarah Dutton at CBS News, that shed new light on their votes and remind us of the real reason we value exit polling.

The short version: The survey yields evidence that many of these voters like John McCain as much or more than Hillary Clinton. At the same time the Clinton Mississippi Republicans are nearly unanimous in their disdain for Barack Obama. The column has a ton of data, so please go read it all.

Here are some additional results shared by CBS News that did not make it into the column, among the roughly 9% of the Mississippi Democratic primary electorate that voted for Clinton but identify as Republicans (n=147):

  • 99% are white

  • 56% are female
  • 47% have a college degree
  • 65% report incomes of more than $50,000 a year; 17% report incomes of more than $100,000 a year
  • 68% describe themselves as conservative; only 8% describe themselves as liberal
  • Some addtional substantive items for the same subgroup of Clinton Republicans:

    • 54% said Clinton would be more likely than Obama to beat McCain, 37% said Obama would be more likely to beat McCain

  • 67% rate the economy as the most important issue facing the country, 22% name the war in Iraq and 8% name the health care as most important issues
  • 38% said "has the right experience" was the candidate quality that mattered most when they voted, 20% said "has the best chance to win in November," 15% said "can bring about needed change" and 14% said "cares about people like me"
  • 61% thought Clinton attacked Obama unfairly; 55% thought Obama attacked Clinton unfairly.
  • 43% decided how they would vote in the last three days or the last week; 55% decided in the last month or before that
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